Our boarders are the heart and soul of St Augustine's, and have been since our first boarders arrived in 1930.
While boarding residences will never be the same as home, they have a strong family spirit with a sense of fun and purpose. Our dedicated boarding staff are committed to the best care, support and supervision of those entrusted to them.
Our weekly and full-time boarding programs cater for boys and girls. This arrangement is ideal for parents wanting to board and educate their sons and daughters in the same area. Boys attend classes at St Augustine’s College while the girls go to school nearby at St Monica’s College. It allows siblings to mingle during boarding hours and offers the benefits of a city-based, single-gender education: wide curriculum choices, a well-developed co-curricular program, extra facilities, the broadening of horizons and opening of opportunities not available in smaller towns.
Our boarders’ welfare is of paramount importance. A nurse and counsellor are available in the wellness centre, a medical centre and the Cairns Hospital are close by. Our chefs prepare meals that are plentiful, delicious and nutritious with medical dietary needs catered for.
As a Catholic school, the boarders’ spiritual life is enriched by daily prayer and Sunday Mass in the College chapel. Supervised study on weeknights and on Sundays is an important part of boarding life which, with the help of tutors, is aimed at ensuring students’ academic success. The boarders in our care have plenty of down time where they play sport, go on organised outings, take part in activities at weekends and can practise in the music centre, exercise in the College fitness centre and use the College pool. Many boarders are also involved in outreach programs within the local community.
Our dedicated boarding staff are totally committed to the care, support and supervision of boarders who live in four residences, three are for boys and one is for the girls. Each is bright, comfortable and fully air-conditioned with Wi-Fi, recreational and TV areas, a kitchenette, and the head-of-residence’s apartment. Every student has his or her own space with a bed, wardrobe and desk, and boys in Years 11 and 12 have their own rooms.